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Portugal Adopts New Resolution to Simplify Protection Requirements for Ukrainian Refugees

Portugal’s cabinet approved a new resolution simplifying protection requirements for Ukrainian refugees already fleeing the war at the end of last week.

In a press release issued on March 6, the European Commission announced that this temporary protection measure would last for about a year, but could be extended for two periods of six months each if the war continues or another situation arises that prevents people from arriving safely. Back to Ukraine.

According to the European Union Commission, under this measure, Ukrainian citizens will be able to obtain legal status in Portugal, which will guarantee them immediate access to the taxpayer identification number, the social security identification number and the National Health Service number, so that their lives in Portugal can be as normal as possible, according to reports.

The Association of Portuguese Municipalities has also met with the High Commissioner for Migration to assess the means, especially those related to housing, that are now available throughout the country to receive families from Ukraine.

In addition, some hospitals in Portugal have published a list of the number of hospital beds available for Ukrainian refugees who need health care due to health conditions that require attention, such as palliative care, neonatal care, cancer drugs, etc.

The authorities also intend to find jobs for incoming Ukrainians, particularly those who have the skills to fill vacancies that Portuguese nationals cannot fill.

“The Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP) has also mobilized a task force to coordinate skills matching between Ukrainian newcomers on the one hand, and the needs of companies in Portugal on the other hand,” the statement read.

Another way authorities are set up to help Ukrainian refugees is through a project called SPEAK, which was set up in 2014 and is a platform that helps migrants and refugees solve social exclusion challenges by learning a language and creating an informal social support network.

This project operates in 24 different cities and 12 countries and has so far helped more than 48,000 people.

According to SPEAK, moving from your home country to a new city can be difficult and can make newcomers feel isolated, but through SPEAK.

72 percent of foreigners have made new friends, and 82 percent have improved their knowledge of a new language Language groups are run by friends from all over the world who are fluent in the language you want and help everyone sound like a native. Per cent have increased a sense of belonging in their current city

The National Energy Network (REN) commended the SPEAK project with its 8th annual AGIR Award, with the theme of this award being “Social Innovation in Response to COVID-19.”

With the AGIR award, the organization behind the project, Share Your World, will develop a second, more effective version of the app with more intuitive features.

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